Organization of Asian Studies

The Organization of Asian Studies at The George Washington University is a student group dedicated t

The Organization of Asian Studies (OAS) is a graduate student organization that seeks to foster an appreciation of Northeast, Southeast, Central and South Asian culture. The organization focuses on strengthening ties between students, faculty and the D.C. community with an interest in Asia through ambitious programming and events thanks to support from The George Washington University and The Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Operating as usual

04/23/2024

Please join in OAS×CAF collaborates this Friday event: The Future of China-India Relations Panel Discussion! ✨🇨🇳🇮🇳 Come out and bring a friend to one of our last events of this semester✨ RSVP with the link in our bio!

Experts Akshat Singh from CSIS and Jeff M. Smith from the Heritage Foundation will bring their knowledgeable perspectives on Asian economics and security to discuss Beijing and New Delhi’s differing strategies at Davos 2024, China’s concerns related to India’s growing relationships with Vietnam and the Quad, and India’s mitigation of Chinese investment.

03/20/2024

Leadership, Ethics, And Practice Initiative, the Elliott School Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Sigur Center, the China Affairs Forum, and the Organization Asian Studies present: Leadership, Ethics, and the Future of U.S.-South & Central Asian Relations with Assistant Secretary Donald Lu🎉
Assistant Secretary Lu will share the lessons he has learned throughout his career and his vision for future international affairs leaders. Refreshments will be provided.

Photos from Organization of Asian Studies's post 12/07/2023

Thank you so much for coming to our collborated event! It was such a great discussion event and we show our appreciation to DOS, embassy of Philippine and AEI. This is our last event in 2023, and we hope to see more people next year 2024!!

11/28/2023

Thank you so much for everyone coming to today’s event! - “What taiwan presidential election means for East Asia?” We really appreciate 3 guest speakers, prof. Robert Sutter, Howard Shen, Rena Sasaki and our moderator, David Feng!✨🇹🇼

11/23/2023

We are thrilled to announce our first event about the 2024 Taiwanese election this coming Monday on 27th at 3:30-5pm!!🇹🇼

11/20/2023

We are thrilled to announce our first 2023-204 OAS event about Taiwanese election is coming soon next Monday 27th at 3:30pm-5pm!!🇹🇼

11/18/2023

Panel Discussion - The Gray Zone: How should ASEAN and US respond to Chinese provocation?

We are thrilled to announce the panel discussion event on December 6th (Wed.) at 1pm-2:30pm! As the speakers, we will invite from the embassy of Philippine, the department of state and AEI✨Please resigter from the QR code/Link:)

10/28/2023

DC-Wide China Mixer is coming on November 3rd (Fri.) 5-8pm!! Please join with us!!

05/02/2023

GW Taiwan Studies Research Fellows Presentations✨

OAS is pleased to announce that GW Taiwan Studies Research Fellows Presentations will be held from 2 pm to 3:30 pm, Wednesday, May 17th at Elliott Room 505! Register and come to hear our Taiwan program fellows' research over the academic year!

🔗Register Link is in the bio.

04/11/2023

OAS is thrilled to announce our next Taiwan Event with Dr Ko Wen-Je 柯文哲!!!👏🏼🎊🔈 

Ko Wen-Je, former Mayor of Taipei and incumbent Chairman of the Taiwan People's Party, will join us on April 17th 1pm-2:30pm at Elliott School's Lindner Family Commons to speak on their attempt to break through the present two-party system in the Republic of China (Taiwan). We invite anyone interested in Taiwan's democratic progress to the lecture and enjoy FREE Boba with us! 
Link in bio to register🔗

11/29/2022

Dear Friends at ,

OAS is delighted to invite you to the China Mixer—DC China Happy Hour co-organized by the Committee on China at Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) and the SAIS China Club at Johns Hopkins SAIS . This is a great opportunity for Elliott graduates to network with the whole DC community who are interested in China! Please join us to spend a great and relaxing weekend. Do not forget to take your ID with you! 

Date: December 2, 2022, Friday
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Public Bar, 1214 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

RSVP 🔗 via the QR code or in bio!
We look forward to seeing you there!

How Hindu nationalism is affecting women and minorities in India 11/16/2022

Institute of Current World Affairs fellow Astha Rajvanshi will discuss her two years reporting about how the rise of Hindu nationalism is affecting women and minority communities in India. She'll join an expert panel moderated by Georgetown professor and Atlantic Council fellow Irfan Nooruddin, in Washington, DC at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs at 11 a.m. Friday, November 18. Organized by the Institute of Current World Affairs, Atlantic Council, Onero Institute, and Organization of Asian Studies at the Elliott School.

REGISTER HERE:

How Hindu nationalism is affecting women and minorities in India ICWA fellow Astha Rajvanshi discusses her two years reporting across the country, and joins an expert panel moderated by Irfan Nooruddin.

11/06/2022

OAS Taiwan Event is up!

Will the PLA invade Taiwan in the next 10, 5, or 2 years? How should Taiwan defend itself? What are the implications of CCP's 20th National Congress and US' 2022 Midterm Elections for cross-Taiwan Strait relations? How should the ROC navigate through a revived great power competition? These are the questions Dr. Alexander Huang, former Deputy Minister for Mainland Affairs of the ROC (Taiwan) and current Kuomintang's Representative to the US, will answer. Join the OAS for our event on Nov. 15th with Dr. Huang to dissect the intricacies of Washington-Beijing-Taipei relations!

RSVP 🔗 is in our bio or scan the QR code on the poster!

Photos from Organization of Asian Studies's post 11/06/2022

Thank you to everyone who attended our conference - The CCP 20th Party Congress: China’s Road Ahead - last Friday👏🏼! We were honored to have multiple distinguished China experts and specialists joined us for these three amazing panels, and we were delighted to see such informative conversations during the Q&A! We also would love to extend our gratitude to the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Institute for International Economic Policy for their co-sponsorship of the event and to Elliott School of International Affairs for promoting the event.

We hope that this conference was thought-provoking to give you all some insights on China’s future after 20th Party Congress and contributed to the academic and professional access to China Studies amidst the GW community and DC area.

11/03/2022

REMINDER🔊: The CCP 20th Party Congress Conference will be held TOMORROW!!!

Critical questions about China's future have swirled around the CCP 20th Party Congress. Join excellent leading experts on Friday, November 4th, to learn more about Chinese domestic politics, foreign relations, and economic issues after the Party Congress!

RSVP at the link in bio!

10/23/2022

After CCP 20th Party Congress has just finished in Beijing, a series of critical questions about China’s future have swirled around the CCP’s 20th Party Congress: What will Xi Jinping’s third term mean for Chinese domestic politics? What are China’s intentions for Taiwan? How will the party manage slowing economic growth along with mounting demographic and environmental problems?
Co-organizing with the Sigur Center of Asian Studies and Institute for International Economic Policy, the Organization of Asian Studies (OAS) will co-host a half-day congress where leading experts from GW’s distinguished China faculty, including Dr. Bruce Dickson, Dr. David Shambaugh, and Dr. Robert Sutter, and top scholars from other institutions seek to address these questions. The event will be in person only and open to the general public. Brief presentations will be followed by extended opportunities for Q&A with the audience. RSVP Link is in our bio.

RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ccp-20t

04/29/2022

Happening tomorrow!

Join us IN-PERSON on Friday April 29 at 2pm EDT for a Tibet-China Dialogue Colloquium! The event will be featuring a keynote by the current elected leader of the Central Tibet Administration, Penpa Tsering, and a panel of Tibet experts and China scholars. Learn more and register at the link in our bio.

04/25/2022

Happening this Friday!

Join us IN-PERSON on Friday April 29 at 2pm EDT for a Tibet-China Dialogue Colloquium! The event will be featuring a keynote by the current elected leader of the Central Tibet Administration, Penpa Tsering, and a panel of Tibet experts and China scholars. Learn more and register at the link in our bio.

04/25/2022

Thank you to everyone who attended our event - South Korea’s Presidential Election and the Expectations of the U.S.-ROK Alliance under the President-elect Yoon - last Friday! We were honored to have two distinguished individuals, Mark Tokola and Dr. Celeste Arrington, join us for this conversation, and we were glad to see such a turnout! We also would like to extend our gratitude to The George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies - GWIKS and The Sigur Center for Asian Studies for their co-sponsorship of the event and to and Elliott School offices for promoting the event.

We hope that this conversation was informative and contributed to the academic and professional access of the GW student community.

04/22/2022

⌛️Happening tomorrow! Register now via the link below if you haven't. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

📣New OAS event coming up on Friday, April 22, 12:30-1:30pm! 🔗To RSVP, please fill out this google form: https://bit.ly/3rjyMIa

To inform and expand knowledge of the American audience about South Korea’s election, please join us for a discussion - South Korea’s Presidential Election and Expectations of the U.S.-ROK Alliance under the President-elect Yoon - with Mark Tokola and Celeste Arrington on the 2022 South Korean presidential election and the future of the - alliance under the new administration. The event is co-sponsored by the GW Institute for Korean Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Mark Tokola is Vice President of the Economic Institute of America in Washington DC. He retired as the U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor in September 2014. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassies in Seoul, Republic of Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and, Reykjavik, Iceland. Mr. Tokola received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the Dayton Peace Accord while serving as Political Counselor in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997-1999.

Dr. Arrington is Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Korea and Japan. She is the author of Accidental Activities: Victim Movement and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea (2016) and has published in Comparative Politics Studies, Law & Society Review, Journal of East Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, and the Washington Post, among others.

04/20/2022

☀️Only two days left until the event! RSVP now via the link ⬇️ if you haven’t done so!

📣New OAS event coming up on Friday, April 22, 12:30-1:30pm! 🔗To RSVP, please fill out this google form: https://bit.ly/3rjyMIa

To inform and expand knowledge of the American audience about South Korea’s election, please join us for a discussion - South Korea’s Presidential Election and Expectations of the U.S.-ROK Alliance under the President-elect Yoon - with Mark Tokola and Celeste Arrington on the 2022 South Korean presidential election and the future of the - alliance under the new administration. The event is co-sponsored by the GW Institute for Korean Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Mark Tokola is Vice President of the Economic Institute of America in Washington DC. He retired as the U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor in September 2014. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassies in Seoul, Republic of Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and, Reykjavik, Iceland. Mr. Tokola received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the Dayton Peace Accord while serving as Political Counselor in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997-1999.

Dr. Arrington is Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Korea and Japan. She is the author of Accidental Activities: Victim Movement and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea (2016) and has published in Comparative Politics Studies, Law & Society Review, Journal of East Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, and the Washington Post, among others.

Photos from Organization of Asian Studies's post 04/18/2022

Introducing our amazing panelists for the event coming up on Friday, April 22nd, 12:30-1:30pm! 🔗RSVP now here: https://bit.ly/3rjyMIa

04/13/2022

📣New OAS event coming up on Friday, April 22, 12:30-1:30pm! 🔗To RSVP, please fill out this google form: https://bit.ly/3rjyMIa

To inform and expand knowledge of the American audience about South Korea’s election, please join us for a discussion - South Korea’s Presidential Election and Expectations of the U.S.-ROK Alliance under the President-elect Yoon - with Mark Tokola and Celeste Arrington on the 2022 South Korean presidential election and the future of the - alliance under the new administration. The event is co-sponsored by the GW Institute for Korean Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Mark Tokola is Vice President of the Economic Institute of America in Washington DC. He retired as the U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor in September 2014. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassies in Seoul, Republic of Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and, Reykjavik, Iceland. Mr. Tokola received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the Dayton Peace Accord while serving as Political Counselor in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997-1999.

Dr. Arrington is Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Korea and Japan. She is the author of Accidental Activities: Victim Movement and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea (2016) and has published in Comparative Politics Studies, Law & Society Review, Journal of East Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, and the Washington Post, among others.

04/12/2022

📣New OAS event coming up on Friday, April 22, 12:30-1:30pm! 🔗To RSVP, please fill out this google form: https://bit.ly/3rjyMIa

To inform and expand knowledge of the American audience about South Korea’s election, please join us for a discussion - South Korea’s Presidential Election and Expectations of the U.S.-ROK Alliance under the President-elect Yoon - with Mark Tokola and Celeste Arrington on the 2022 South Korean presidential election and the future of U.S.-ROK alliance under the new administration.

Mark Tokola is Vice President of the Korean Economic Institute of America in Washington DC. He retired as the U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor in September 2014. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassies in Seoul, Republic of Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and, Reykjavik, Iceland. Mr. Tokola received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the Dayton Peace Accord while serving as Political Counselor in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997-1999.

Dr. Arrington is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Korea and Japan. She is the author of Accidental Activities: Victim Movement and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea (2016) and has published in Comparative Politics Studies, Law & Society Review, Journal of East Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, and the Washington Post, among others.

Photos from Organization of Asian Studies's post 04/01/2022

Thank you to everyone who attended “Rediscover China Through the Arts” last Friday! We were honored to have two distinguished individuals, Alison M. Friedman and Alexa Alice Joubin, join us for this conversation, and we were glad to see such a turnout! We also would like to extend our gratitude to The Sigur Center for Asian Studies for their co-sponsorship of the event and the student organizations and university departments that helped promote the event.

We hope that this conversation sheds more light on the diverse arts that flourish in or come from China and contributed to the academic and professional access of the GW student community.

🔗📰📖🎥If you are interested, below are the theater reviews, movie, and book our speakers highlighted during the event:
Different productions of Richard III by
William Shakespeare:
NYT -
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/theater/national-theater-of-china-offers-richard-iii-in-mandarin.html
Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2012/may/02/richard-iii-review
Chinese answer to Hollywood: The Wandering Earth
Book: Hollywood Made in China by Aynne Kokas

03/25/2022

Today is the day! The event will start at 12:15 pm ET today⏳RSVP now via the link below if you haven't already!

New Event Alert! On March 25th from 12:15-1:00 pm ET, we will be hosting a virtual roundtable discussion on the diverse arts that flourish in or come from China. 🔗RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3sN9un3.
In this roundtable discussion, scholars Alexa Alice Joubin, professor at the George Washington University and Alison Friedman, Executive and Artistic Director for Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, discuss their studies and personal experiences relating to the arts and China. Watch to learn about:
✔️The performing arts in China, cultural and historical influences, and Western-Chinese interactions in performance.
✔️Identifying and supporting emerging Chinese arts and artists.
✔️The complex interactions between race and literature in China.
✔️And how gender and sexuality are expressed throughout the arts.
The Sigur Center for Asian Studies Elliott School Grad Students Elliott School of International Affairs

Photos from Organization of Asian Studies's post 03/22/2022

Only two days left for registration! RSVP now if you haven't done so! We look forward to seeing you at the event✨ If you have any questions for our speakers, please email them to us at 📧[email protected]

03/18/2022

One week left until the event! Register now if you haven’t done so! Link in the post ⬇️

New Event Alert! On March 25th from 12:15-1:00 pm ET, we will be hosting a virtual roundtable discussion on the diverse arts that flourish in or come from China. 🔗RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3sN9un3.
In this roundtable discussion, scholars Alexa Alice Joubin, professor at the George Washington University and Alison Friedman, Executive and Artistic Director for Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, discuss their studies and personal experiences relating to the arts and China. Watch to learn about:
✔️The performing arts in China, cultural and historical influences, and Western-Chinese interactions in performance.
✔️Identifying and supporting emerging Chinese arts and artists.
✔️The complex interactions between race and literature in China.
✔️And how gender and sexuality are expressed throughout the arts.
The Sigur Center for Asian Studies Elliott School Grad Students Elliott School of International Affairs

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The Organization of Asian Studies (OAS) is a graduate student organization that seeks to foster an appreciation of Northeast, Southeast, Central and South Asian culture. The organization focuses on strengthening ties between students and faculty with an interest in Asia through ambitious programming and events, all made possible by the support of The George Washington University.

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